Find out what California and Nevada credit unions are accomplishing within their communities.

Member credit unions may submit their Members in the News items to membernews@ccul.org. When including a photograph, please give a detailed description for each photo sent, including the names and titles of individuals in the photograph. For more information about Members in the News, please contact Associate Editor Cindy Tullues Peterson at 909.212.6042.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU Senior Vice President, Chief IT Security Officer Scott Maxwell, has been named a finalist of the 2021 Cybersecurity Stewardship Awards. The inaugural awards, presented by The San Diego Business Journal and the Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE), celebrates companies going above and beyond to innovate new technologies and solutions, seed and diversify the talent pipeline and create a more secure San Diego

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has promoted Alma Magallon to member service center manager. In her new role, Magallon will provide vision and leadership to member service center staff and will pursue continuous process improvement to ensure members get the help and information they need—when they need it. 

Los Angeles FCU

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Los Angeles FCU has partnered with DoubleCheck Solutions to offer a service that gives Los Angeles FCU members the ability to prevent payments from being returned before they become NSF (Non-Sufficient Funds).

USE CU

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USE CU has selected Todd Tharp as the credit union’s new president and chief executive officer. Tharp has served as Chief Financial Officer at USE CU since 2016, leading strategic development to ensure the credit union’s overall financial stability, regulatory adherence, and asset growth.

Kinecta FCU

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Kinecta FCU is hosting its 48th Annual Holiday Food Drive which provides assistance to families in need during the Thanksgiving season. This year, more than 1,000 local families selected throughout Los Angeles County will receive a bag of traditional Thanksgiving food items along with a $75 grocery store gift card to help complete their holiday meal.

SAFE CU

SAFE CU announced that Dave Roughton will retire as President and CEO effective Dec. 31, 2022. Roughton will be succeeded by Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Officer Faye Nabhani, who will be the first woman president/CEO in the credit union’s history.

Christian Community CU

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Christian Community CU
's Scholarships for Success program awarded $88,000 in scholarships to 88 students in 2021. Awards were given to new scholars and those who qualified for the multi-year scholarship program. Students were selected based on their essay, academic excellence, extra-curricular activities, and references. Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students who are members of the credit union. Since the scholarship program began in 1999, the credit union has given more than $1.1 million. 

 

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU is proud to once again be the title sponsor of the SDCCU OC Marathon Running Festival. This year’s event is happening Nov. 6 - 7 at the OC Fair & Event Center.

UNCLE CU

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UNCLE CU has donated $10,000 to the Livermore Lab Foundation. UNCLE CU is passionate about investing in science and technology to advance research innovation and technological accomplishments addressing a myriad of societal changes, and as such was one of the first contributors to the Livermore Lab Foundation.

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU was named the No. 1 Best Place to Work, Large Employer, this evening in the Sacramento Region by the Sacramento Business Journal. The credit union received the award during a ceremony at The Officer’s Club at McClellan Park in Sacramento.

North Bay CU

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North Bay CU was named the Top Banking Company at the cannabis industry Payments, Banking, and Compliance (PBC) Conference recently held in Washington, D.C.

1st United CU

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1st United CU has hired Ganga Radhakrishnan as their new Chief Financial Officer. Radhakrishnan brings over 30 years of experience and has worked in the high tech, insurance, and financial services industries, but considers credit

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San Diego County CU was recognized with two 2021 Viddy Awards—a competition designed to honor creative excellence in the rapidly evolving digital world. San Diego County CU was recognized with a Gold Award for its new Mobile Banking Commercial, and a Platinum Award for its Auto Loan Commercial.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU welcomed Dory Haessler to its executive team as Vice President/Executive Office liaison. In this newly created role, Haessler will provide executive support to Redwood CU President and CEO Brett Martinez, the board of directors, the executive officers, and the senior leadership team.

SchoolsFirst FCU

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SchoolsFirst FCU partnered with Upper Room Dining Hall to support those displaced by the Caldor fire in September. Meals, essential services and funds from local businesses benefited residents fleeing their homes.

North Bay CU

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North Bay CU has named Robert Goebel as Chief Lending Officer and will oversee mortgage and consumer lending operations.

 

Frontwave CU

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Frontwave CU has been named San Diego’s Best Credit in the 2021 San Diego Reader’s Best-Of Poll. Each year, the San Diego Reader invites San Diegans to nominate their favorite businesses, restaurants and activities to be named to the Best-Of list. In addition, Frontwave CU was named runner-up in the Best Mortgage Company category.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU was recognized with two 2021 MarCom Awards—which recognize outstanding achievement in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals. San Diego County CU was recognized with a Platinum Award for its Financial Wellness Wednesdays campaign, and a Gold Award for its Zip. Zero. Zilch. mortgage campaign.

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San Diego County CU has honored Ivy Medrano of Sweetwater Union High School District as the 2021 Extra Yard for Teachers Big Day recipient. This initiative in partnership with the San Diego County CU Holiday Bowl, was set forth by the College Football Playoff Foundation to elevate the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers.

Los Angeles FCU

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Los Angeles FCU raised $11,500 in donations for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank during the month of August. The funds were raised from online contributions, in-person branch donations, and from a raffle of a barbecue gift basket for Los Angeles FCU staff and their families. For every dollar raised, Los Angeles FCU also matched up to $5,000 for the Food Bank through Los Angeles FCU's charity, the Los Angeles Charitable Association

Compass Community CU

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Compass Community CU has once again earned a spot in the “Best of the North Coast.” Compass Community CU has been recognized among the Best Credit Unions in the financial services category in the annual Times-Standard special issue for the second year in a row.

First Tech FCU

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First Tech FCU raised more than $700,000 as part of its annual Credit Unions for Kids fundraising campaign, benefiting children and families served at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All proceeds will go toward six regional children’s hospitals across California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

SESLOC FCU

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SESLOC FCU has launched its new Member Benefits Program, Level Up. Level Up is a rewards program that gives SESLOC FCU members new benefits for growing their relationship with the credit union. New benefits include: select fee waivers, waived check orders, and rate discounts on eligible loans.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has promoted Deirdre Thompson to senior vice president of virtual service delivery. In her new role, Thompson is responsible for making sure members receive the same level of passionate service digitally as they do in person. 

Meriwest CU

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Meriwest CU was a sponsor for the Silicon Valley Pride Parade & Festival, and was out in full force along with Laurie Free, Mix 106.5 and Jonah Denz-Hamilton, 94.5 Bay FM, to support the LGBTQ+ Bay Area community.

North Bay CU

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North Bay CU has hired Vanessa Balderrama as its Sonoma Branch Manager. Balderrama will oversee all day-to-day branch activities and participate in community events for the credit union.

Partners FCU 

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Partners FCU has appointed Ricky Otey as its new president and chief executive officer. Otey spent more than 20 years in banking before making the move to credit union leadership. For the past seven years, Otey served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at $1.7B Sharonview FCU.

Credit Union of  Southern California

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To celebrate International Credit Union Day on Oct. 21, Credit Union of  Southern California (CU SoCal) is giving away a total of $5,000 to select members and non-CU SoCal members who share stories of how a credit union helped them build a better tomorrow.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU Senior Vice President of Finance, Anna Lisby, was named a 2021 Credit Union Rock Star by the Credit Union National Association. The awards program recognizes those in the credit union field who demonstrate innovation, passion and creativity in making the credit union movement a better and more interesting place. 

Los Angeles FCU

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Los Angeles FCU's Relationship Rewards program that launched in March 2021 rebated $200,000 to its members who attained Gold Level status. Each member in this level gets 1% cash back on debit card purchases of up to $500 monthly.

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU was awarded the Corporate Champion Award for Education award by the Sacramento Business Journal. The award focused on SAFE CU's quality financial education initiatives designed to improve the financial well-being of its members and community at large.

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San Diego County CU's President and CEO Teresa Campbell has won a Silver Stevie® Award in the Female Executive of the Year category of the 18th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

1st United CU

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1st United CU has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by The Bay Area News Group for the third consecutive year. The list is based on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC.

Tucoemas FCU

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Tucoemas FCU has received the maximum federal grant from the Rapid Response Program (RRP) of $1.8 Million. The grant is intended to help provide capital to Community Development Financial Institutions in areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant allows Tucoemas to provide greater access to personal loans up to $5,000 (called  “RISE Loans”), with an easy application process, and same-day approvals. 

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU was recognized with a Silver Stevie® Award in the 2021 Stevie Awards for Great Employers, which honors the world’s best employers and human resources teams that create and drive great places to work. More than 950 nominations from organizations of all sizes in 29 nations were submitted this year for consideration. More than 70 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

LBS Financial CU

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LBS Financial CU has awarded scholarships to 37 students in Long Beach, Lakewood, Cerritos, and surrounding communities for the 2020-2021 school year, including 33 high school, two college, and two adult school students were awarded scholarships. The credit union also awarded two Members with $1,000 each for their perseverance, dedication, high academic performance, and community involvement: Calyce Jones (left) and Katrina Doyle-Jacobson (right).

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU experts provided financial insights to the incoming mentors in the Improve Your Tomorrow fellowship program to use in their own lives as well as to share with the students they will work with. The Improve Your Tomorrow mentor fellowship is a year-long program for young professionals who work with high school students and college students of color to help them succeed at college. Mentors gain skills in leadership and in a variety of topics, including personal finance.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has been recognized as a top credit union in California in Forbes’ list of America’s Best Credit Unions in Each State for the second year in a row. Forbes and Statista, who conducted the research, based these rankings on an independent survey of approximately 25,000 U.S. consumers who were asked about their banking relationships as well as their satisfaction in the categories of trust, digital services, financial advice, branch services, and transparency of terms and conditions.

Members 1st CU

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Members 1st CU President and CEO, Teri Davis, has announced plans to retire Jan. 31, 2022.  After 29 years of service, she leaves as only the fourth CEO in the credit union’s stable history.

Frontwave CU

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Frontwave CU was awarded Credit Union of the Year for 2020 by the Department of the Navy on Aug. 10, 2021, at the Defense Credit Union Council Annual Conference in Naples, FL.

Tucoemas CU

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Tucoemas FCU becomes one of only three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified credit unions in California. The impact focused credit union is serious about sustainable communities and reducing its environmental footprint. It received the certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its newly built flagship branch at 614 S. Akers St.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has hired Bryan Haas as Vice President of Product and Service Innovation. In his new role, Haas will lead product and service research, strategy, and development and work across the organization to ensure the design, delivery, competitiveness, and value of Redwood CU products and services are of the highest quality for its members.